CHICAGO - The "non-partisan" Illinois Campaign for Political Reform filed a complaint against two political action committees listed on the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) website Wednesday, and gay marriage advocates are celebrating a spotlight on the African-American Clergy Coalition (AACC) for a mistake they made in reporting to the ISBE. Stories on gay and Left-wing sites are spinning the "campaign complaint," as if a group of black pastors got caught doing something devious and dishonest.
During the session, leaders of the AACC created embarrassment for gay marriage activists when the group of pastors appealed to Governor Pat Quinn to refrain from offering pork projects to legislators in return for a “yes” vote on SB 10 - the gay marriage bill.
The black pastors that formed the AACC never hid from the public that they had received a generous donation from the National Organization for Marriage that helped fund radio ads in black communities, and urged their lawmakers to keep the definition for marriage in Illinois as it is now.
But this new coalition of pastors - more versed in reading Scriptures and worship than in Illinois election law - made a mistake by not adding the words "sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage" when NOM's funds came in. They were probably hoping others would step up and match NOM's numbers. The "complaint" can easily - and surely will easily be corrected.
Hopefully the gay movement in Illinois isn't out to embarrass the African American Clergy Coalition because of their racial makeup. Why, that would be - "racist."
And that's exactly what AACC spokesman Lance Davis said during the heat of the gay marriage session:
"The LGBT needs to be reminded that it cannot 'buy' marriage in Illinois. They cannot 'buy' the African American community and any effort to do so will work against them. They should be reminded that any effort to purchase votes of legislators in the African American community will be carefully scrutinized and any apparent violation of Illinois’s bribery laws will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities for investigation," he said.
How the records show in the Illinois State Board of Elections website. All the AACC needs to do to correct the reporting error is add to their report is that their group is "Sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage." That's what all the uproar is about?